How About This for a Cover?
This is "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" (1875) by James McNeill Whistler. The painting is at the Detroit Institute of Arts and is probably Whistler's second most famous work, after his Mother, of course. The painting was publicly criticized by John Ruskin, who wrote, "I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler sued Ruskin for libel and won, in the most celebrated trial of its time, but was awarded only a single pound in damages.
The painting is a central figure in the title poem of my manuscript. I would love to to use it for the cover of the book. We'll see.